How I Use It
This middle-school based app contains a large amount of health and science information with quiz checks along the way. Some of the categories that encompasses this rich app are nutrition, medicine, exercise, human growth and development, and personal safety. Students can work in the classroom or at home. I specifically use this app as a way to tie health related concepts to the close reading strategy. Students can dive into very rich text-based information and read the nonfiction text several times to understand the concept. The graphics allow for students to analyze text and draw conclusions from the data. The transfer of skill allows for students to see their understanding of a concept by taking quiz checks along the way. The adorable avatar grows as students understand the concept. The app does require some modeling as students have to read before they dive into the quiz type questions. Students also struggled with the concept of going back and reading again when they were not sure of an answer.
Although a bit pricey to purchase for every student, the app does extensively cover health concepts well. As a language arts teacher, I like the idea of crossing content from another subject area to model close reading strategies. Students find the app exciting to explore and gives them content that will help them in another subject area. At times, I found students diving into the quiz leaving them missing a large portion of questions. Modeling this app is ideal for students to learn the magnitude of features that it offers. It also gives students test preparation practice with comprehension.